by David Tesitor
LA VETA — The La Veta Redskins remained undefeated in the 1A Southern Peaks league when they defeated Centennial (San Luis) last Friday in an exciting contest, winning in three sets, 25-7, 25-22 and 25-17.
The win gave the Redskins a 5-0 league record. Centennial fell to second place with a 5-1 record. The Redskins played well, executing their hits and driving home the ball inbounds, virtually stopping the Rams from returning the ball back into play.
Centennial had trouble scoring offensively as the Redskin defense came to life. The Redskins 33 returned serves and 90 digs led to the majority of the points scored. The Skins committed only six serving errors and eight floor errors and that helped them to victory.
On Saturday, La Veta hosted the Center Vikings who are rivals from the 2A-Southern Peaks. Last- place Center, with a record of 1-4 in league action and 3-7 over all, upset the Redskins in four sets, 25-16, 25-17, 18-25 and 25-17. Trailing by two games, La Veta entered the third match, in a must-win scenario. The Redskins came to the task and dominated the Vikings, winning in a wild match. They could not come back in the fourth, dropping the set and the game.
La Veta seemed to do everything right but the Center defense was too much for the Skins. Sofia Schneider was strong from the service line, serving 25 times and completing eight aces. She had two service errors of the team’s eight total. The major issue plaguing the Redskins was the number of errors in the game. They had 29 digging errors alone and 6 handling errors. Center’s offense and serving aces seemed to make the difference in the game.
La Veta will have a pair of games this weekend when they face Mountain Valley on Friday, October 5 in Saguache at 1 pm and Cotopaxi at home on Saturday with the first serve at 2 pm.
La Veta defeated Mountain Valley at home three weeks ago in three sets. A pair of wins this weekend should put the Redskins in a strong position to win the league, though both Centennial and La Veta will meet the second-to-last game of the season which may determine the champion.
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